Before 2002, individuals under the age of 21 applying for a green card had to finalize the application process before their 21st birthday, or they would “age out.” This often occurred due to administrative delays by U.S. immigration processing, not because of any fault on their part.
The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was introduced in 2002 to address this issue. It recognized that those who turned 21 during their visa application process were unfairly denied. With the CSPA’s introduction, those who turn 21 during their visa application process now have legal avenues to retain their child status.
At Hanlon Law Group in Los Angeles, California, the attorney can assess if the CSPA is relevant to your situation and guide you on the necessary legal steps to preserve your child status.
Understanding the Child Status Protection Act
The CSPA can be summarized as follows:
- When a petition is filed for someone under 21, their age is “frozen” at the time of application submission.
- If someone is awaiting a visa preference and turns 21 during this period, the processing time is deducted from their age.
- If someone “ages out” during the visa application and later applies for a different visa type, their original application date is shifted to the relevant category.
- For applicants from specific countries, if their status or age changes, their petition might switch to another category. However, they can choose not to undergo this automatic conversion.
Seek Guidance from a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney
If you have questions about the Child Status Protection Act or wish to continue with the visa application process, contact the Los Angeles Child Status Protection Act attorney for insights. Benefit from a free initial consultation to address your immigration-related queries. For immediate assistance, call 866-227-5527.